Perform With Excellence
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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks?
Some of you may have tried to reach me this morning and found that I was unavailable. That’s because I was knee high in muck with my husband and some friends.
You're the CEO of your company. But do you look and act like a leader?
by Tony McCaffrey | 11:55 AM May 10, 2012
(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY Most people never master the many intricacies of dining etiquette -- which fork to use first, in which direction to pass dishes -- but the stakes aren't especially high in that venue.
Forget good to great.
When it comes to your career, there's no way to overstate the importance of your ability to communicate.
It's hard to imagine your career going anywhere if you can't tell a story. Whether it's an investor pitch to a VC, an "about us" to a potential customer, justifying your group's existence to management, or an "about me" in an interview, your success in business is all about effective storytelling. If you don't think some of that stuff is storytelling, then you're really in for a shock.
COMMENTARY This definitely isn't the first time somebody's written about what makes employees special. But it may very well be the first time someone's telling you what will genuinely get your management excited about you and ultimately get you promoted.
Let's Do Something Important
As described in the first article in this series, many projects fail because organizations put their practices before their people.
Artwork: Yue Minjun, Laughing Painter, 2003, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm
We are all in Sales
Nobody likes to be late.
by Anne Kreamer | 4:02 PM January 11, 2012 I've been a devoted, even fanatical reader of fiction my whole life, but sometimes I feel like I'm wasting time if I spend an evening immersed in Lee Child's newest thriller, or re-reading The Great Gatsby . Shouldn't I be plowing through my in-box?
by Sally Augustin | 12:00 PM January 9, 2012
When Bruce Wilkinson, an executive in World Vision International’s Zambia operation, learned that he was going to be promoted to regional director for southern Africa, he immediately started reading performance reviews of key staff members and talking to his peers, other national officers in the $2.6 billion organization. In doing so he uncovered a serious weakness: A host of critical positions in the region had gone unfilled for as long as 16 months, leading to lost contracts and deterioration in the programs WVI undertakes to empower poor communities.
Managing the Boss
So, you're a manager now